The entire highway is breathtaking. Historic. Scenic. Great waterfalls! Good food available. Summertime you can ride bikes if you are familiar with bike touring.
Luckily my little town of Troutdale is the gateway to Columbia river hwy. Breathtaking views, Multnomah falls, Bonniville dam. Too much to list!
Great stop on a scenic trip along Historic Columbia Highway. Combined with apps along the way at some of the many falls in the same area, it's a beautiful expedience. Lots of hiking too.
A don't miss. We never knew about it until we hiked the gorge. Don't miss Vista house and the water falls
It is well worth the extra time when traveling through the Columbia River Gorge to detour onto the Columbia River Scenic Drive. You will see waterfalls, and wonderful views you do not get from the freeway.
If you are in Portland, then you pretty much have to do this drive. Because of that, it's well touristed, and might be some parking hassles. We love to stay at Edgefield Hotel in troutdale, and just hangout there the whole time and fit in a Columbia River drive.
The Columbia River Gorge Hwy. is so beautiful that its hard to put into words. Just looking at all the rocks that nature carved and the river running through is breath taking. As you drive along you can see the snow caps and the clear blue water and all the people sailing and fishing.
As you drive up the Scenic Highway you will discover a rest stop that was built for the earlier cars. Hanging on the side of Larch Mountain it is 3 stories tall and has photo inspiration written all over the views from there. The wind can get well over 100 mph because of the Columbia Gorge kind of acts like... More
This is great for a leisurely drive. Plan on going around thirty miles per hour. As you head north stop by the Falls.
What an absolutely beautiful drive. Make the stops along the way to appreciate the waterfalls, they are just a short walk from the parking areas. Multnomah Falls was breathtaking, it's a bit of a longer hike so very worth it.
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